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Site hiatus

Author: • Aug 25th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Lead Story

Just a note to let everyone know that the site likely won’t be updated for the next few weeks. I need to submit my doctoral thesis and I’m frantically undergoing final revision. Note that the forum will of course be open, and every reader is invited to participate.

Upon I return, I have a whole raft of exciting posts planned including features on RE/Search Publications, Savoy Books, Nic Clear’s Unit 15 architectural/filmmaking program, and Ballard and Burroughs, as well as more photo essays (including the long-awaited part 2 of ‘Shepperton: Paradigm of Nowhere’), the complete and expanded version of Mike Bonsall’s Ballard concordance and at least two more competitions.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported the site so far. To those whose emails I haven’t responded to in recent times, I promise I will be more present once I get out on parole in just under a month’s time. Do please continue to send tips and relevant news items, and I’ll do my best to get to them upon my return.

I might try and rotate some archival material on the front page during the stasis, but if you can’t wait, dip into the archives. Here are some highlights from the past three years:

+ Rattling Other People’s Cages: The J.G. Ballard Interview
+ ‘Child of the Diaspora’: Bruce Sterling on Ballard
+ Ballardian Home Movie Festival
+ ‘Angry Old Men’: Michael Moorcock on Ballard
+ The Light-Painter of Mojave D: An Interview with Troy Paiva
+ ‘When in Doubt, Quote Ballard’: Interview with Iain Sinclair
+ Exquisite Corpse: Autopsy of the New Millennium
+ Crash! Full-Tilt Autogeddon
+ J.G. Ballard’s Experiment in Chemical Living
+ Collapsing Bulkheads: The Covers of Crash
+ David Cronenberg’s Alien: Novelization by J.G. Ballard
+ ‘Der Visionär des Phantastischen’: An Interview with J.G. Ballard
+ Grave New World

Plus numerous Ballardosphere entries, for me the most fun (and sometimes disturbing) part of the site, calling into being strange incantations from the world J.G. Ballard has mapped for us.

Aside from the above highlights, there are numerous other entries (over 500 from around 25 authors) under these main categories:

+ Interviews
+ Reviews
+ Features
+ Archival


As always, thank you J.G. Ballard.

Best wishes,

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8 Responses »

  1. May all go smoothly, Simon. And welcome to another Big Fork in your road.

  2. Another one? I’m tired of forks! I need a dead-straight motorway for a change. But thanks for the well wishes — it’s a nervewracking time.

  3. Almost there – good luck, Simon!

  4. Good luck mate

  5. Good fortune with the thesis. I’m sure the site will be more provocative than ever under the auspices of Dr Sellars…

  6. Good luck!

  7. Thank you all! See you on the other side…

  8. Congratulations! Hope you are enjoying some deserved holiday!

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